July 8, 2013
Jobs & Internships - SRLP (Sylvia Rivera Law Project)

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May 8, 2013
Help Support Egyptt! Please Signal Boost

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Dear Friends & Community, 

We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color. 


Egyptt was formerly co-coordinator of Trans Justice at the Audre Lorde Project. Prior to her work at ALP she was a crucial member of the Queers for Economic Justice Welfare Warriors group where she lead the way fighting transphobia within New York City’s welfare agency: the Human Resources Administration. Because of Egyptt’s work NYC’s Human Resources Administration has adopted its first ever transgender non discrimination policy, which Egyptt helped implement through many trainings of New York City employees.

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Additionally Egyptt has been a long time advocate at Housing Works advocating to have New York State pass the Gender Employment Non Discrimination Act (GENDA). She is also a brilliant performer, frequently showcasing her talent at the Housing Works fashion shows and many Trans Day of Remembrance events. Egyptt is now unemployed and has lost her apartment in Harlem. 

We are turning to you, our community, to support Egyptt as she navigates this challenging moment. We want to raise 10,000 for Egyptt to get back some of what she has lost in the last few months. She needs resources to get back into housing, to replace lost possessions, and to cover outstanding healthcare costs. 


With deep appreciation, 
Reina Gossett, Pooja Gehi, & Dean Spade

October 23, 2012

Pay It No Mind - The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

This beautiful documentary is now entirely online! Please PAY IT SOME MIND!

September 10, 2012
Kyra Kruz, who was recently murdered in Philadelphia, with my sibling Che Gossett. 
From Che:
"Kyra Kruz and I at Pride 2011, looking magical and fabulous! (She did everyone’s makeup and designed all the costumes for the parade theme). Her life was violently taken last week. Anguish and outrage about routinely learning of trans women of color who’s lives are prematurely ended by anti-trans violence, be it interpersonal or institutional. Honored to have known Kyra, to have laughed with her, briefly organized a sex worker support group with her, worked in queer and/or trans spaces with her, she brought so much brilliant light and love!"

Kyra Kruz, who was recently murdered in Philadelphia, with my sibling Che Gossett. 

From Che:

"Kyra Kruz and I at Pride 2011, looking magical and fabulous! (She did everyone’s makeup and designed all the costumes for the parade theme). Her life was violently taken last week. Anguish and outrage about routinely learning of trans women of color who’s lives are prematurely ended by anti-trans violence, be it interpersonal or institutional. Honored to have known Kyra, to have laughed with her, briefly organized a sex worker support group with her, worked in queer and/or trans spaces with her, she brought so much brilliant light and love!"

September 8, 2012
A New Queer Agenda with Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, Amber Hollibaugh, and Richard Kim

NYC area friends! please join me & other contributors wednesday September 19th to help launch The Scholar & Feminist Online“A New Queer Agenda! I am super excited about the piece I wrote with my sibling Che Gossett and friend AJ Lewis called  Reclaiming Our Lineage: Organized Queer, Gender-Nonconforming, and Transgender Resistance to Police Violence.  And the issue is filled with so many other brilliant writers, activists and educators!

details below! photos by the illustrious Syd London!

A New Queer Agenda

Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, Amber Hollibaugh, and Richard Kim

August 22, 2012
Sylvia Rivera Law Project Looking For Fundraising Volunteers!

Come support an amazing organization!! And help organize our 10 year anniversary!  This is a great opportunity for folks who want to learn how to help generate resources for a progressive organization that increases the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. 

Plus we’d get to hang out and talk about GENDER FABULOUS FALL FASHION, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, China Mieville, Octavia Butler and other science fiction amazingness. (optional but strongly suggested).

August 13, 2012
Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prison Penpal Postcards have arrived! Designed by Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prisoner Advisory Committee member Giovanni Germanotti. 
Please come out on Thursday, August 16th to learn about Sylvia Rivera Law Projects’s detention work & join in on the postcard project party! 
6:30-8:30pm at SRLP. Light refreshments & metrocards provided. All are welcome! 147 W 24th St., 5th Floor. Building has elevator.
(photo by Gabriel Foster)


Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prison Penpal Postcards have arrived! Designed by Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prisoner Advisory Committee member Giovanni Germanotti.

Please come out on Thursday, August 16th to learn about Sylvia Rivera Law Projects’s detention work & join in on the postcard project party!

6:30-8:30pm at SRLP. Light refreshments & metrocards provided. All are welcome! 147 W 24th St., 5th Floor. Building has elevator.

(photo by Gabriel Foster)

July 31, 2012
Ten Posts for Sylvia Rivera’s Ten Year Memorial

its incredible to see how many people reblog the Sylvia Rivera video and how many feel so strongly about her words! 

someone recently reblogged the video with commentary and it made me realize that folks who haven’t been following my blog might not have seen the many Sylvia Rivera/STAR related work that i’ve posted over the past year.  so i decided to repost the Sylvia Rivera Ten Year Memorial.  please share if the spirit moves you!

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The spirit was gone from her body
Forever had always been inside
That shell had always been intertwined
And now were disintwined
It’s hard to understand

I am pursued by questions of historical process, of historical responsibility, questions of historical consciousness & ignorance & what these have to do with power.

links:

SYLVIA RIVERA 10 YEAR MEMORIAL


 SYLVIA GOES TO COLLEGE & STAR TAKES OVER NYU

 

SYLVIA RIVERA & NYPD REFLECT ON STONEWALL REBELLION

 

STAR PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

 

RAPPING WITH MARSHA P JOHNSON

 

STAR TREK: SYLVIA & STAR HOUSE LEAVE THE LOWER EAST SIDE

 

YOU GOTTA KEEP FIGHTING GIRLIE CAUSE ITS NOT TIME TO CROSS THE RIVER JORDAN!

 

MARKET THIS

 

SYLVIA RIVERA, JULIA MURRAY & RANDY WICKER LOOKING FABULOUS AT UPLIFT LIGHTING


TEN POSTS FOR SYLVIA RIVERA’S TEN YEAR MEMORIAL


Historical amnesia is starvation of the imagination; nostalgia is the imagination’s sugar rush, leaving depression and emptiness in its wake.  Breaking silences, telling our tales, is not enough.  We can value that process –and the courage it may require –without believing that it is an end in itself.  Historical responsibility has, after all, to do with action –where we place the weight of our existences on the line, cast our lot with others, move from an individual consciousness to a collective one.  

(photo by Randy Wicker. text from Antony Hegarty’s the Spirit Was, Adrienne Rich’s Resisting Amnesia. )

July 16, 2012
come celebrate my birthday with me this Thursday at SRLP’s (iced) Coffee Talk!
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July 19th, 6.30 til at least 8:30, Karaoke Celebration!

Get your 15 minutes of fame.  Ok, more like 5 minutes on the microphone.  Maybe you can sing well or maybe you can’t.  It doesn’t matter to us! Swing by to eat food or bring food to share. Feel free to belt out your favorite tune, show off your best back up dancing moves or just enjoy watching.
Oh, and while you’re here we’d like your help prioritizing the topic for our upcoming, Trans Agenda forum in September.  This is all about getting together sheme and dream and have some Summertime FUN!     

Coffee Talk is a FREE ongoing discussion series that centers the lives and experiences of low income trans, intersex, gender non conforming people as well as trans, intersex and gender non conforming people of color.  Allies welcome!
Come on over! 
147 W 24th Street, 5th FloorNew York, NYBuilding has elevator Trains: C/M/R/N/F/1

These events are FREE.  Light refreshments and Metrocards provided. 
To RSVP or get more information, please contact gabriel at 212.337.8550 ext 309 or gabrielfoster@srlp.org

come celebrate my birthday with me this Thursday at SRLP’s (iced) Coffee Talk!

July 19th, 6.30 til at least 8:30, Karaoke Celebration!

Get your 15 minutes of fame.  Ok, more like 5 minutes on the microphone.  Maybe you can sing well or maybe you can’t.  It doesn’t matter to us! Swing by to eat food or bring food to share. Feel free to belt out your favorite tune, show off your best back up dancing moves or just enjoy watching.

Oh, and while you’re here we’d like your help prioritizing the topic for our upcoming, Trans Agenda forum in September.  This is all about getting together sheme and dream and have some Summertime FUN!    

Coffee Talk is a FREE ongoing discussion series that centers the lives and experiences of low income trans, intersex, gender non conforming people as well as trans, intersex and gender non conforming people of color.  Allies welcome!

Come on over! 

147 W 24th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY
Building has elevator
Trains: C/M/R/N/F/1

These events are FREE. 
Light refreshments and Metrocards provided. 


To RSVP or get more information, please contact gabriel at
212.337.8550 ext 309 or gabrielfoster@srlp.org

July 4, 2012
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We don’t dispute the ‘accusation’ of male privilege because we’re dumb, bad feminists, or incapable of interpreting our experience. We don’t have different opinions out of a lack of knowledge about oppression. We know our own lives, and have more options as feminists than to submit to non- trans woman authority and do its bidding.

Cis women’s and trans male spectrum people’s repeated and patronizing explanations of what our experience clearly must have been and is like bears a striking resemblance, both in form and effect, to patriarchial dominance

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Beyond Inclusion: Trans Women as Equal Partners in Feminism